Early in his tenure, Memphis City Schools deputy superintendent of academic operations Irving Hamer identified one overarching problem plaguing the district.
In August, Hamer told the school board that by 12th grade, 22 percent of the district's students -- more than a fifth -- are overage for their grade level.
In January, the district plans to begin MCS Prep Academy, a program for students 14 years old and older who are at least one year overage for their grade. In its initial stages, the academy will take 200 students from each region of the district.
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